ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch created controversy after the Newtown, Connecticut massacre when he said that school employees should be armed.
President Barack Obama and others favor re-instating the ban on assault weapons and outlawing ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds. Chief fitch says it's way too late for any of that.
Chief Fitch says the rush to buy guns after the massacre of schoolchildren in Newtown shows that it’s too late for any new gun control laws to have any real effect. Fitch says with hundreds of millions of guns already in the hands of private owners in the United States, that it's already easy for anyone who wants to have a gun to get one. And Fitch says armed deterrence, like having an armed police officer at every school, is easier to do than trying to get guns off the street.
“I think that horse is out of the barn. We know there's over three hundred million guns in this country that are out there. I don’t think there's any way, I mean, if you pass a law it may feel good to pass a law, but realistically, what's it going to change? You're not going to, nobody in this country's going to go up and knock on every door person's door and say turn in your assault weapons, turn in your ammo. That's not going to happen,” stated Chief Fitch.
Fitch says his preferred short-term solution is to put an armed police officer in each and every school, public and private, elementary, middle and high schools.